Long time no see, or hǎo jiǔ bu jiàn in Chinese, seems like an appropriate calque to use today. You see, I have never seen China. However, in a little more than one week, Jane and I will arrive in Beijing.
Yes, it is true.
We are officially going to China!!!
Our passports are back, and our visas are in them. In fact, we got three months longer than we thought we would, so we now have six months to explore mountains, temples, and culinary delights. Thanks VisaHQ for making the process as easy as it could be.
We still have many things left on our To Do list before our plane leaves next week. The biggest task is figuring out what we are not taking with us, then shipping it back to Canada. It looks like we will be sending our tent and sleeping bags back. But we are keeping our camping stove, so we can enjoy a home cooked meal whenever we want.
Now that we have the visas it also means I have more yoga to plan. China will be the fifth country I have never been to that I will teach yoga in this year. I am already working on classes for Beijing, Shanghai, Nanning, and Hong Kong. I’ll keep you posted!
The Life Of A Bon Vivant
Jesse and I hit up the coffee roaster near his house today.
He had been to Kiez Rösterei once before but hadn’t really liked the coffee he had. This time however, we were blown away. Stefan, the owner and roaster, was happy to talk to us about his coffee, suggesting a few for us to sample, and then making us amazing siphon-brewed Columbian coffee.
It was just the way I like it, with a deep and complex set of flavours, but not too acidic. We then sampled the second roast from Stefan’s new roaster, which was a Cuban bean. It’s been a long time since I had a true Cuban coffee, having lived in the US for the past seven years. It was exceptional. I bought some Cuban beans and look forward to home brewing them.
While we were in the cafe there were two other gentlemen there enjoying coffee, and as the cafe is small, we got to talking. It turns out they are from Peru, and here to convince Stefan to purchase their beans. Direct sales like this is the best way for the producers to get a good price for their coffee, and it has replaced Fair Trade as the best way to buy.
Maybe they’ll come by this blog and find their way to some of the great small-batch roasters I have visited on our trip.
Jane and I went back to YogaCircle Berlin for another class tonight, this time with Thomas leading the group. He is co-owner of the studio, and it was an advanced class, so we were geared up for really hard asana. However, the class wove mantra, mudra, pranayama (I have never done that much kapalabhati in one day), and asana. It was a real mix of all of these, as we spent an equal amount of time on each.
This meant we didn’t have our muscles and ligaments worked hard in the way we expected, but it was such a refreshing change, and a chance to work hard on other aspects of our practice that our personal practice doesn’t often focus on. Plus, as I write this the next morning, my abs are sure feeling all the work from the pranayama.
It’s hard to believe breathing can be such hard work. ♥